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March 28: Good Thunder Reading Series

Ermerging, established writers featured.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 3-18-2013

Minnesota State University Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series continues its spring programing when it presents the Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writers Residency on Thursday, March 28. The residency will feature MSU graduate student and 2012 Wright Award winner Brett Biebel, and Minnesota poet Robert Hedin. Hedin will meet with community writers in the morning and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3:00 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium, he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, he will join Biebel for readings from their current work. All events are free and open to the public.

Brett Biebel is an MFA student at Minnesota State Mankato. When he isn't writing or teaching, he enjoys playing tennis and listening to Milwaukee Brewers baseball. His work has appeared in Line Zero, The Writing Disorder, and Ascent Aspirations, and is forthcoming in the White Whale Review.

Born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota, Robert Hedin was educated at Luther College and the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his writing, including three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, three Yaddo Foundation Fellowships, and two Minnesota Book Awards. He is the author, translator, and editor of nearly two dozen book of poetry and prose, recent ones including Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry, The Dream We Carry: Selected and Last Poems of Olav H. Hauge (co-translated with Robert Bly), The Lure-Maker from Posio: Prose Poems of Dag T. Straumsvag (co-translated with Louis Jenkins), and Poems Prose Poems. He is co-founder, along with his wife Carolyn, and current director of the Anderson Center, the Upper Midwest's largest artist community, and serves as editor of Great River Review, Minnesota's oldest literary journal. In 1998, he was honored by the Minnesota State Arts Board with an Arts Leadership Award for his writing and contributions to the arts in Minnesota.

An interview with Hedin, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Thursday, March 28, at 1:00 p.m., and Friday, March 29, at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additionally, this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MSU Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State offer additional assistance.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the MSU Mankato Department of English, 507.389.1354, or see the web site at

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